Graphic designers in Grand Rapids

Grands Rapids has a long history in design. There is no shortage of talent but you need to know where to look. Below is a list of talented designers and illustrators. Idefinite list of photographers in Grand Rapids but these people are incredibly talented. Since my career has primarily been in the brand development or marketing sphere, these photographers generally specialize in corporate/commercial photography instead of portrait photography. With that said, if you are looking for photographers to develop your brand, create some killer creative assets, or capture your product then look no further.

Jordan Weatherbee

One of the up and coming illustrators in the Grand Rapids area. He’s got an incredible eye for design and has an impressive resume to show for it. Jordans client list boast some nationally renown musicians as clients. If you are looking for an illustrator then checkout Weatherbee Creative Co.

Michael Nÿkamp

Michale is the owner of mkn design is a small, yet experience design and illustration studio. Specializing in large designed system applications, brand identities, printed materials and interactive design. He’s worked with some incredible brands including Patagonia, Dwell, Herman Miller, and Kitchen Aid to just name a few. If you like simplicity in your design, this is your guy.

GregG Palazollo

Once described as the “Adfather” of Grand Rapids, Gregg is a legend in the local design community. He’s been working in GR since we were named “Bland Rapids”. Known for logo marks and design strategy, there is probably only a few (maybe no one) in Grand Rapids with more experience servicing West Michigan.


OK, not a freelancer but I’m trying to give you a list of best designers. It wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include Aux. Led by the talented Tom Crimp, Auxiliary has been a leader in design for the last decade in Grand Rapids. With a past and present client list that boasts Steelcase, Chaco, Merrel, and Boxed Water. They do great work and if you have a big project then this might be your best option.

Other Grand Rapids Design Resources

AIGA West Michigan

AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

The Illustration League

A supportive creative community of Michigan-based artists, letterers, and illustrators – students, pros, and dabblers alike. The leadership is comprised of illustrators working across a range of disciplines, from traditional to digital media. Our organizational structure is non-hierarchical, allowing each member to leverage their skill set and assert their expertise with equal impact.